Eczema And Chiropractics

by Administrator 19. April 2012 13:51

Eczema is a skin disorder that is associated with inflammation, itching and redness. The term is often used interchangeably with dermatitis, even though eczema actually refers to the chronic form of the disease, while dermatitis is the term for the acute form. Additional symptoms that can be experienced in patients with eczema are swelling, dryness, flaking, bleeding, blistering, cracking and oozing.

Causes:

  • A form of the disease, known as atopic eczema, is believed to run in families. People who develop this form of eczema usually also suffer from other allergic disorders like asthma.
  • Eczema is also believed to be caused by certain environmental factors. The “hygiene hypothesis” postulates that people who live in increasingly clean environments are more prone to the disease.
  •  The disease might also be caused by excrement by house dust mites.
  • Patients with celiac disease are three times more likely than unaffected individuals to develop eczema, while their family members are twice as likely.
  • Eczema is also linked to Candidiasis fungal infection, which is why patients with the disease might be administered with anti-fungal medications.

Chiropractic treatment:

There is no known cure for the disease, and most treatment is symptomatic. The most common line of treatment in patients with eczema is the administration of corticosteroids, which provide significant relief from symptoms. However, there are various side effects associated with these drugs, which include skin-thinning, HPA-axis suppression, immuno-suppression, etc.

Most patients are now looking for alternative modes of treatment for eczema. The chiropractic treatment of the disease has been found to be effective in markedly improving the symptoms of patients with the disease. This has been a significant pointer towards the efficacy of chiropractic care in non-neuro-musculoskeletal diseases.

The treatment procedure is based on the basic principle of chiropractic treatment, according to which, the origins of all bodily and mental disorders lie in the spine. The treatment utilizes various spinal manipulative and stimulating techniques, to increase blood flow to the epidermis, and to work on the underlying cause of the disease, including immuno-suppression and genetic abnormalities.

According to a 1999 study, in which a patient with atopic eczema was subjected to a 7-week long chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy, consisting of once-a-weekly procedures. The patients reported improvement in symptoms like excoriation, pruritis and edema, as well as improved psychological wellbeing. The study has led to increased interest on how exactly chiropractic methods work on patients with eczema.

To know more about chiropractic care and its benefits, visit us at Corrective chiropractic and Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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